The Bright Spark Education Program

Imagine a safe learning space where children speak their minds and adults listen with open hearts.

Imagine a breezy, outdoor classroom where children eagerly await their lessons because they know and believe that learning can be exciting.

Imagine children and mentors seated in a cosy circle because circles signify inclusiveness, equality, and collaboration.

Welcome to the Bright Spark Education Program at Youngistaan Foundation.

An out-of-school time program, the Bright Spark initiative engages underserved learners by creating a holistic environment of ‘care’ that attempts to address both the cognitive as well as social/emotional needs of a child.

We understand the multi-dimensional nature of poverty and how it may adversely affect the quality of childhood, emotional wellbeing, and educational experience of a child. Bearing this in mind, we train and transform Bright Spark volunteers into educators with a capital ‘E’ – Empathise, Engage, and Empower.

THE BRIGHT SPARK VISION –

We aspire to create a mindful and stimulating learning ecosystem that actively engages learners, so that they can cultivate the courage & character to question and reflect upon the life that surrounds them, and are able to think & choose for themselves.

We hope to help children become responsible and compassionate individuals who are equipped to participate in and make better sense of a world that is as interconnected as it is divided.

WHAT DO WE DO –

The young learners we work with form the heart and soul of Bright Spark, and they are at the centre of all learning.

  • We help children with their basic literacy skills (reading, comprehension, and writing) so that they may to fall in love with stories and new ideas, and develop skills of self-expression.
  • We build foundational skills in math and logical reasoning so that our young learners can understand and apply relevant concepts in their everyday lives.
  • We work with children on developing and honing critical social-emotional skills & attitudes such as curiosity, perseverance, resilience, problem solving, self-advocacy, empathy, self-esteem, and teamwork.

The key domains (based on CASEL’s – Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning – evidence-based SEL framework) that the Bright Spark program primarily focuses on are –

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship-Building Skills
  • Responsible Decision-Making

HOW DO WE DO IT –

    • Build a relationship of trust between the child and mentor through mutual respect and open dialogue.
  • Spark curiosity and excitement in the learner through creative & relevant lesson planning and meaningful engagement.
  • Understand the emotional needs of each child and work towards bridging gaps in their social and emotional competencies.
  • Understand that each child learns differently and build sessions based on a child’s unique abilities.
  • Encourage sustained engagement through the year to create positive attitudes towards learning & living.

 

For more details, call us or email at arun@youngistaanfoundation.org

 

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